REWINDItalia: Early Video Art in Italy – Book Launch – Roma

British School at Rome

Via Gramsci 61, 00197 Roma, Italia
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm, 19th April 2016

Italy was a vibrant centre of video art production and exhibition throughout the 1970s and 1980s. This early experimentation attracted artists from all over the world and laid the foundation for video art. Edited by Laura Leuzzi and Stephen Partridge, REWINDItalia Early Video Art in Italy aims to bring the Italian seminal early video experimentation back into the international spotlight and provide a unique resource for research and study.

REWINDItalia, Early Video Art in Italy included seminal essays, translated for the first time into English, plus newly commissioned texts by leading scholars and artists, and a wide selection of video stills and other images.

Authors include: Renato Barilli, Maria Gloria Bicocchi, Lola Bonora, Silvia Bordini, Paolo Cardazzo, Cinzia Cremona, Sean Cubitt, Bruno Di Marino, Simonetta Fadda, Vittorio Fagone, Marco Maria Gazzano, Luciano Giaccari, Mirco Infanti, Laura Leuzzi, Sandra Lischi, Adam Lockhart, Stephen Partridge, Cosetta G. Saba, Emile Shemilt, Studio Azzurro, Valentina Valentini, Grahame Weinbren.

Foreword by Don Foresta; introduction by Stephen Partridge; the volume closes with ‘The Chronology of Video Art in Italy (1952–1992)’, by Valentino Catricalà and Laura Leuzzi. Translation by Simona Manca. Publisher: John Libbey Publishing.

The book was  presented by the editors, Partridge and Leuzzi, and involved a round table with Silvia Bordini (Professor of Contemporary Art History, Sapienza University of Rome), Bruno Di Marino (Historian of the Moving Image), Deirdre MacKenna (Director of Cultural Documents) and Marco Maria Gazzano (Professor of Film and Media arts History, University of Roma Tre), acting as moderator. Opening institutional greetings by British School at Rome, Professor Paolo D’Angelo (Director of the Department of Philosophy, Communication and Performing Arts, University of Roma Tre) and Luca Lo Bianco (Coordinator for 2016 UNESCO Rome City of Film). The talk was followed by a wine reception.